Lincolnshire

Boston council takes action against removed ex-deputy leader

Raymond Singleton-Maguire Image copyright (C) British Broadcasting Corporation
Image caption Raymond Singleton-Maguire said he would continue as an independent

A council that removed its own deputy leader is taking legal action against him over "alleged breaches of housing legislation", it has emerged.

Boston Borough Council removed Raymond Singleton-Maguire last week because of matters relating to his "personal business interests".

In a statement, the authority said it, along with Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue Service, was involved in proceedings.

Mr Singleton-Maguire said he would continue as an independent.

In a statement, the authority said: "In the light of recent publicity Boston Borough Council wishes to clarify the situation.

"The borough council and Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue are both taking legal action against Mr Raymond Singleton-McGuire in his personal capacity for alleged breaches of housing legislation."

'Demonstrated loyalty'

Peter Bedford, leader of the Conservative-led council, said it was "in the interests of transparency and good governance".

Mr Singleton-Maguire, who runs a property business, was elected to the borough council in 2006.

He continues to serve as a councillor for Freiston, Butterwick, Benington and Leverton.

His company, SMG Property, which formed in 1976, has interests in land, property, mineral rights and aviation.

In a statement, Mr Singleton-McGuire said: "My removal from post was a decision made by the leader of Boston Borough Council fuelled by various internal issues between the council and my own personal property business."

He said due to issues with Mr Bedford he would continue to serve the people of Boston as an independent.

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